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Rural Congregations: A Story of Pain and Promise

Pastor and rural congregation leader Allen Stanton joins the Center for Congregations podcast to discuss the importance of congregations in rural communities. These are top resources on this subject.


6 Resources
American Community Gardening Association
This organization provides online resources and in-person services for food and gardening,...
Big Lessons from Little Places: Faithfulness and the Future in Small Congregations
This book argues that small congregations offer relevant lessons appropriate for any size of...
Rural Ministry Conference
This annual conference focuses on educating and empowering prospective and current clergy,...
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The Association of Religion Data Archives
This web resource, provided by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), is the best...
Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations
Turner Center for Rural Vitality at University of Tennessee Southern
This resource hub supports faith leaders in cultivating thriving rural communities. It...

Guest Contributor

Allen Stanton

Allen T. Stanton is the executive director of the Turner Center at Martin Methodist College, which leads rural congregations in cultivating community and economic development in southern Middle Tennessee. A United Methodist pastor, Stanton previously served a small-membership church in North Carolina.

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